Futurisms: Can Italian Futurism Be Saved?

Giovanni Acquaviva: Facismo/Futurismo Plate from The Life of Marinetti Dinner Service 1939. Wolfsonian Musuem, Miami, Fla.

    To some, mixing art and politics is like mixing oil and water. In reality it is more like mixing oil and vinegar. But where’s the salad? The dangers are (one) political aesthetics and (two) artistic politics. Examples of the first danger are when, in olden times, Greenbergian formalists froze out political art, the better to promote capitalism around the world; and nowadays, in more enlightened times, when poststructuralists use aesthetics to destroy their academic rivals. An … [Read more...]

David Burliuk, the Ukrainian Father of Japanese Futurism

                Life Is a Gas David Burliuk was a living, breathing art paradox. At first glance, his life was more interesting than his art. Or was his life, rather than his paintings, his real art? There's an intriguing exhibition honoring him at New York's Ukrainian Museum, 222 E. 6th Street, to March 1. The exhibition, which originated at the Winnipeg Art Gallery, is entitled "Futurism and After: David Burliuk 1882-1967."   Burliuk is the nearly … [Read more...]